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The Seimas Ombudsman has paid attention to the detention conditions of refugees in Lithuania

25 February 2015

 MG 2625During the third quarter of the year, the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas visited almost all the institutions that are responsible for the custody of aliens in Lithuania. By performing national prevention of torture under the Optional Protocol (OPCAT) to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Seimas Ombudsman Mr Normantas has monitored the Foreigners Registration Centre, the Refugees Reception Centre and the Frontier Stations of Vilnius and Ignalina Frontier Districts.

After visits to all the aforementioned institutions, the Seimas Ombudsman Mr Normantas invited Renata Kuleš,a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lithuania to discuss recommendations provided to monitored institutions and called for closer cooperation with Ms Kuleš in combating human rights violations regarding the custody of aliens in Lithuania.

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The Seimas Ombudsman raises doubts about the need of the relaxation rooms in children socialisation centres

30 January 2015 

 MG 3995The Seimas Ombudsman Mr Augustinas Normantas raised doubts about how expedient the relaxation rooms in children socialisation centres are. However, if the decision is made that these rooms shall continue to be of use, he recommends the Minister of Sience and Education Mr. Dainius Pavalkis to take all measures to protect children rights when they are brought there.

In addition, the Seimas Ombudsman recommended minster to prevent the use of special means against children when they are put there.

After visiting children socialisation centres where the custody conditions in relaxation rooms and regulations of the placement of children in these rooms were assesed, the advisers of the Seimas Ombudsman identified that only two centers out of six do not have relaxation rooms.

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The Seimas Ombudsmen: the custody conditions in Marijampolė Correction House violate human rights

13 Janurary 2015

 MG 3777After visit to Marijampolė Correction House, the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas stated that temporary detention cells were dilapidated and without windows. Moreover, he voiced that complaints of inmates and searches were not registered and recorded properly.

“In some temporary detention cells windows, sinks and taps are missing, cells are dirty with foul-smelling sanitary installations," – reacting to these complaints of inmates, the advisers of the Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas visited Marijampolė Correction House, without any forewarn.

On 8 January 2015 the advisers of the Seimas Ombudsman discovered that the complaints of inmates are palpable and factual.

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